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Day Dreamers of Bandra

These are migrants from North India Uttar Pradesh who come to Mumbai with lure of money they work as hawkers of these carts selling roasted maize or some other item .

They live on these carts as housing is very expensive in Bandra and they live out their dreams ..

The guy who owns these carts too is a migrant and he gets these guys from his hometown as cheap labour .

Life in Bandra is self explanatory through pictures but nobody really cares about them but Mumbai is a migrant destination and migrants have made it big in this city ..

There is no migrant policy a lot of migrants who can't get jobs become drug addicts take to crime ..

I have lived in Mumbai for over 64 years ..30 years in Colaba and the rest in Bandra ..life for the migrant is certainly not a bed of roses ..

A lot of migrants come as helper boys for the Slumdog Caterers and save money learn the trade and start their own kiosk supplying food for religious events weddings etc.

I know of caterers that made it big have …

The Great Sufi Master Syed Masoom Ali Baba Madarriya Order

I met Syed Masoom Ali Baba when he was young fit robust it was in 2005 my first visit to Ajmer I was documenting the Chishtiya and Rafaee Silsila .

But as a photographer I was intrigued by these dread head monks of the Madarriya Silsila oldest Sufi order I shot them and was also comfortable with their Spirituality as it pays homage to Imam Ali and their Holy Saint is Zinda Shah Madar whose Shrine shaped like Kaba is in Makanpur UP.

My Belgian photographer friend used to walk with the Malangs from Delhi to Ajmer and wanted to join the Order he requested me to connect him with Syed Masoom Ali Baba at Ajmer 2011 I took him along and accidentally ended up joining the Order along with him ..But my quest was hardly spiritual I wanted to document them from within and so a Malang was born ..
I visited Makanpur in 2013 and in 2017 Syed Masoom Ali Baba impressed with my humility my love for humanity presented me the Khilafatnama he made me a Khalifa of his Order .

This picture was not shot by …

Coach Surendra Pawar

Coach Surendra Pawar is a self made man 50 years age his humble beginnings at Tennis were at Khar Gymkhana as a ball picker.
He worked hard efficiently and became a instructor under  his International Tennis Coach Mr Iyer.
He is married 3 kids one of his daughter lives in Belgium with her husband and 2 sons .


His son and another daughter go to college .
Coach Surendra Pawar teaches Tennis at MET grounds Bandra Reclamation where I used to walk and 3 years back he invited me to the court to try my hand at Tennis..Here I must mention I have never played a single sports in my life ..I know it sounds boring but I loved reading books and my world was books books books .
But Coach Pawar groomed me did not charge me a single cent I told him I could afford to pay his fees but he said he would not take a penny from me .

On my birthday two years back he gifted me a Head racquet and thereby changed my life my outlook ..I have a serious injury on my hand I cannot bend my fist it is a sword injury…

10 Years of Flickr The Pilgrims Progress

At Flickr 10 years
of this old monk
in Sufi dress
Bandra his
only permanent
address ..
photography
the only instrument
of education awareness
no matter what with others
i dont mess i use the block
tool generously i must stress
i am a simple street photographer
a people photographer i am not
an as-slicker sensationalist
of the PRESS ,,
you have rightly guessed
i shoot truth yes
i am not active on
Twitter Facebook
two pillars of Sodom
Gomorrah I flew over
the Cuckoos nest
i only shoot India
its beauty sweetness
ugliness culture
faith rituals not
sanctimonious
righteousness

i cant shoot flowers
chubby kids sunrise
sunset i shoot tears
blood and sweat
hope and nothingness

i am not a poet
but a juggler of words
a catcher of images
on the wide Internet

have you ever wondered
how we met ...

thank you Flickr
a beautiful platform
of love peace humanity
godliness


 good friends
followers
God Blessed

in humility and gratitude
i bow my head

i remember those who
died departed friends
Jeff Lamb  an…

Mother is an Emotion of a Lifetime

to be poor
destitute
homeless
in india
is metaphorically
a great crime
mothersday
is non existent
for abandoned
mothers society
does not care a
dime ..dust heat
grime ..blood
sweat slime

only jesus and his mother
only ganesha and his mother
only hussain and his mother
spiritual mothers sublime
 for mothers on the street
we the living have no time




Muslims Love Killing Muslims

beneath the thick layer
of blood is a poets
face he is human
belongs to the
persecuted shia race
yes Muslims love
killing Muslim hollow
words like Brotherhood
Peace such a waste
misplaced martyrdom
of a suicide bomber
foolish dreams they
chase a great religion
by their misdeeds abased
call them Taliban Wahhabi
ISIS they are all same
beneath the surface
Muslims love killing Muslims
is the Truth not a phrase
terrorism in Islam
existed from an early age
a war they wage ..
misplaced fervor
misplaced rage

caught in a devils embrace




A Tired Mother Begs On The Street

no hope
no shoes
simply
barefeet
a bottle
of water
nothing to
eat ..
her husband
has gone to
scrounge for
food in some
garbage bin
on some other
street ..
a cosmic fate
of migrants
that come to
mumbai to
eke a living
dreams in their
eyes a helpless
god they entreat
a few coins thrown
at their scarred feet
by the rich elite
little baby out of
a claustrophobic
mothers cramped
womb ..would love
to retreat from this
ungodly world devoid
of compassion .
poor maltreat
memories of unliving
bitter and sweet
each of them hopelessly
wonder about their future
a file time will swiftly delete
a newspaper a torn tattered rag
as their winding sheet ..